Meet the team

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Our team brings a wealth of experience in managing workspace, but that's not all! They can help you make contacts in the local business community, provide 1-2-1 business support and sign-post you to local contacts, allowing you to focus on your business.

We're here
to help

Our team brings a wealth of experience in managing workspace, but that's not all! They can help you make contacts in the local business community, provide 1-2-1 business support and sign-post you to local contacts, allowing you to focus on your business.

Majella Barkley

Centre Director

Majella is Centre Director at IF and is responsible for the overall running of the Centre. She supports the IF team to deliver high quality space, support and services to IF customers, local businesses and the wider community. Majella has a strong background in fostering innovation and facilitating growth having supported small businesses for over 15 years.
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Shane Smith

Engagement Manager

Shane is Engagement Manager at IF and focuses on engaging the local community on behalf of IF and ensuring that our vision for the Centre as a shared space and a driver for social regeneration is achieved. He also oversees the programme of Masterclasses and Applied Innovation Events at IF which are open to IF customers and businesses from outside of the Centre. Shane brings a wealth of experience to IF in social regeneration within the local community.

Stephen Ellis

Innovation Manager

Stephen is Innovation Manager at IF and is responsible for providing business and innovation growth support to businesses within IF and the local business community. Stephen delivers one-to-one business coaching and mentoring to help IF businesses innovate, thrive and scale. He brings a wealth of experience to the team with a strong background in finance, investment, sales and marketing.
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Shauna Topping

Assistant Centre Manager

Shauna supports the day to day running of IF and is responsible for all operations, compliance and health & safety within IF. She looks after IT and Telecoms for customers, as well as the finance of all IF customer and suppliers. Shauna supports Majella with the sales process and marketing of IF.  Shauna has six years’ experience in working in a service office environment and is dedicated to seeing IF develop to its full potential.

Rebekah Griffith

Assistant Centre Manager (Maternity Cover)

Rebekah supports the day to day running of IF and is responsible for the all operations, compliance and health & safety within IF. She looks after all the IT and Telecoms queries for both new and existing customers, as well as the finance of all IF customer and suppliers. She also assists with team management and looks after the CEA’s. Rebekah has extensive knowledge and experience from her background in property management and real estate.
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Ashley Wishart

Customer Experience Assistant

Ashley is our morning CEA and has joined the IF team with a background in childcare and customer service. She helps the customers of IF with their day to day queries. She assists with handling telephone enquires via the switchboard and incoming post and deliveries. Ashley provides administrative support to the Centre team and assists with conferencing and meeting room enquiries and set-up.

 
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Emma Boyd

Customer Experience Assistant

Emma is our afternoon CEA and has been part of the team since IF opened in September 2016. She can be found meeting and greeting our customers at reception. She helps the customers of IF with their day to day queries. She assists with handling telephone enquires via the switchboard and incoming post and deliveries. Emma provides administrative support to the Centre team and assists with conferencing and meeting room enquiries and set-up.
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Elaine Gallagher Docherty

Customer Experience Assistant - Sales & Conferencing

Elaine is our CEA with a focus on sales and conferencing. She is the main point of contact for all conferencing enquiries and looks after both the facilitator and delegates on the day of their meeting. She also supports Majella with the sales process in particular she looks after the administration. She brings her retail, hospitality, charity and SME administration experience to the role, plus a creative side.
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Megan Jeffers

Customer Experience Assistant - Sales and Conferencing (Maternity Cover)

Megan is our CEA with a focus on sales and conferencing. She is the main point of contact for all conferencing enquiries and looks after both the facilitator and delegates on the day of their meeting. Megan also supports Majella with the sales process in particular she looks after the administration and social media. Megan has recently completed a degree in Events Management and joins us with a background in customer service.
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Johnny

Facilities Officer

Johnny provides security and support services to ensure the Centre is functional and safe. He supports Shauna/Rebekah with both planned and reactive maintenance. He is the first line response for both customers and staff in respect to security and access and assists with the co-ordination of meeting and conference room services at IF.
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CENTRE TEAM
COMPANIES
Majella Barkley
Innovation Director
Majella is Innovation Director at IF and is responsible for providing business and innovation growth support to businesses within IF and the local business community. Majella has a strong background in fostering innovation and facilitating growth within small businesses and strong ties to the local business community; as her father worked at the Mackies factory where IF stands today.
Shane Smith
Community Engagement Officer
With a background in social regeneration within the local community, Shane focuses on engaging the local community on behalf of IF and ensuring that we achieve our vision for the centre to be a shared space and a driver for social regeneration.
Stephen Ellis
Innovation Manager
Stephen has run his own business for 12 years and has extensive experience in sales, marketing and access to finance. His focus in IF will be supporting the businesses on site and helping to mentor them so that they develop and grow. He has an extensive network of business contacts from SME’s to global manufacturers and collaboration is a key focus for him.
Shauna Topping
Assistant Centre Manager
As Assistant Centre Manager Shauna supports Majella in the day to day running of IF. She is responsible for all IT and Telecoms queries for both new and existing customers. Shauna also deals with the accounts for all of IF customers and suppliers. Shauna is focused on organising the meeting and conference room facilities at IF. She has three years’ experience in working in a serviced office environment and is dedicated to seeing IF develop to its full potential.
Emma Boyd
Customer Experience Assistant
As Customer Experience Assistant Emma can be found meeting and greeting visitors in reception. She is responsible for handling all telephone enquiries via the switchboard and incoming post/deliveries for customers. Emma works closely alongside Shauna and helps to manage the meeting and conference rooms at IF. Emma provides administrative support for both the management team and customers at IF. She is very excited to see IF develop and grow.
Elaine Gallagher Docherty
Customer Experience Assistant
Elaine is the part time Customer Experience Assistant. She brings her retail, hospitality and charity and SME administration experience to the role, plus a creative side. Elaine has recently returned to Northern Ireland and is very much enjoying working with the various and wide ranging businesses and customers in the centre. Elaine works with Emma to provide reception and conferencing support to all internal and external customers.

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